The Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for Akij Food and Beverage Ltd (Farm Fresh Milk) and Pran Dairy Ltd (Pran Milk) to produce, distribute and sell pasteurised milk.
Justice Md Nuruzzaman, chamber judge of the Appellate Division, stayed for five weeks parts of the HC order that directed Akij Food and Beverage Ltd and Pran Dairy Ltd to stop production, distribution and sale of pasteurised milk for five weeks.Attorney General Mahbubey Alam, who stood for the two companies as an individual lawyer said that the level of lead and antibiotics in the pasteurised milk of Akij Food and Beverage Ltd (Farm Fresh Milk) and Pran Dairy Ltd (Pran Milk) did not cross the danger level.
Following the SC order, there is no bar for the two companies to produce, distribute and sell their pasteurised milk, the AG added.
On July 14, the High Court sought the test reports of pasteurised milk of all the companies within a week after testing the samples of those in four different laboratories -- International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), BCSIR, Institute of Public Health, Food Safety Laboratory under the Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute.
A new test conducted by Prof ABM Faruque, former director of Dhaka University's Biomedical Research Centre, found the traces of antibiotics in pasteurised products of Pran, MilK Vita, Igloo, Aarong and Farm Fresh.
On June 25, scientists said they found the traces of detergent and antibiotics in samples of raw and pasteurised milk of Pran, Milk Vita, Igloo, Aarong and Farm Fresh.